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Why is it that every snowflake is unique?

It's pretty hard to believe in around 4.5 billion years of this planet's existence, no snowflake pattern was repeated, and that's not including potential earth-like planets. Is there a proof to the ...
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Can precipitation occur in states of matter other than liquids?

This answer to Are precipitation and crystallization both analogous between chemistry and meteorology? discusses the history and use of the term "precipitation" in chemistry. From what I ...
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Saturation of multiple solutes

Can a liquid which is saturated with a single solute, dissolve a different solute, or is saturation a universal thing? I ask because I’ve seen that different solutes have different points (amounts) at ...
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Why exactly does precipitation occur?

In a solution, we have ions floating around but when we have a precipitate, they're arranged as they would be in a solid. This conversion should cause a decrement in the entropy of the system and ...
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Are precipitations exothermic and/or endothermic?

Should be an easy one. I'm fumbling a concept. I've read precipitations are exothermic. Is this accurate? Why would there be no endothermic precipitation reactions?
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What is the chemical composition of Turnbull's blue?

I was studying qualitative analysis from this book and I found some tests for testing the presence of the cation $\ce{Fe^{++}}$. There was a test in which we add $\ce{K4[Fe(CN)6]}$ solution to a ...
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Hydrolysis of transition metals' halides?

So, it's a relatively common known solubility rule that any hydroxide with a cation not in the first two groups is basically insoluble. So supposing we have a transition or post-transition metal $M$ ...
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Aluminium sulphate solubility as function of the pH

earlier I asked about how to know the aluminium sulfate solubility as function of the ph (see the previous question here). I found this diagram on the page 57 of Rubin, A. J., & Hayden, P. L. (...
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Are precipitation and crystallization both analogous between Chemistry and Meteorology?

A comment under the Space SE question Is there really precipitation on Mars? Does frost count? brings up the use of the term "precipitation" in chemistry and we wonder if precipitation in ...
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Why are transition metal hydroxides insoluble?

From what I understand, adding $\ce{NaOH}$ to a solution containing transition metal ions gives transition metal hydroxide precipitates. Why is $\ce{NaOH}$ soluble but transition metal hydroxides ...
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What are the products of a reaction between copper sulfate and sodium bicarbonate?

I have been trying for a while to determine what products are produced when copper sulfate reacts with sodium bicarbonate at room temperature and standard pressure. However, while I was looking, I ...
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Why does silver stick to the glass in Tollens' test? [duplicate]

Why does it not simply form a solid powder at the bottom of the flask? Does silver also stick to the glass in other silver precipitating reactions? EDIT: My question is definitely not the same as ...
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Precipitation of citric acid by CaCl2 and Ca(OH)2? [closed]

I need to precipitate citric acid from an aqueous solution in the form of calcium citrate. There are, to my knowledge, two different methods of doing this: using $\ce{CaCl2}$ and which will react ...
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Reaction of citric acid and calcium chloride

I was planning to extract citric acid from lemon juice by reacting the lemon juice with calcium chloride hoping it would react to form calcium citrate and precipitate according to the reaction $$\ce{...
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What chemicals could be added to human urine to cause harmful chemicals to precipite out?

What chemicals could be added to human urine to render it drinkable with no harmful side effects? Urine is salty and contains other dissolved solids. Thus, drinking untreated urine would result in ...
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Why is the Ag+ concentration in a beaker fixed in the reaction between excess AgCl (s) and KI (aq) from the start? [duplicate]

This arises as a sub-question for the following question: Calculate the concentration of I- in a solution obtained by mixing 0.10 M KI with an excess of AgCl(s). I tried to look at How does addition ...
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Finding ions in water samples

So for a school chemistry assignment I was given 5 water samples and a bunch of different reagents to help me find out what was in the solutions. I'm stuck on two. The first one had a pH of 7 and ...